SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants are scuffling to the point that manager Bruce Bochy doesn't want them to swing before Sunday's series finale against San Diego.
Eric Stults and three relievers combined to four-hit the Giants on Saturday night and Everth Cabrera hit a go-ahead triple to lead the Padres to a 3-1 victory.
"We're all competitive and sometimes when we are not swinging well, we overswing in the cages, we take too many hacks and tire ourselves out," Bochy said.
"They may be overdoing it. I think if anything, we need to back off. They may be swinging it too much."
Bochy also said he plans to sit Pablo Sandoval, who is hitting only .171.
The Giants lost their third straight game and have scored only three runs in their last 28 innings. It was the first time in nine games the Giants weren't involved in a one-run decision.
San Diego has won seven of 10.
Stults (1-2) kept the already struggling Giants off balance and largely off the base paths, allowing one run and three hits in six innings, with two strikeouts and no walks.
Michael Morse homered off Stults on a 2-0 pitch leading off the fifth, his third. Other than that, all the Giants got off the lefty were singles by Joaquin Arias and starter Tim Hudson.
"I knew I hit it pretty good because I was hitting out there in BP," Morse said.
"Right now, I don't think we're pressing," Morse said. "I don't think we are trying to do anything out of the ordinary. I just think we hit a rough spot. Our team is too good for us to be stuck in this for too much longer."